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Jinder Mahal, Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre


3MB was a heel professional wrestling stable in WWE, consisting of Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, and Heath Slater. It was formed on the September 21, 2012 episode of SmackDown, when McIntyre and Mahal saved Slater from a match against Brodus Clay. Hornswoggle joined the team in 2014. The team dissolved in 2014 after McIntyre and Mahal were released.

In August 2016 and April 2017 respectively, Mahal and McIntyre came back to the company, and both would become WWE Champions during their second tenure with the company.

"More tropes than one!":

  • Air Guitar: Practically their signature pose.
  • Arch-Enemy: Los Matodores.
  • Beard of Evil: Jinder, Drew and Hornswoggle.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Or at least bullying a dragon's ring announcer and his only friend and wrecking another dragon's set and attacking him too. 3MB got the bright idea of challenging The Miz and Alberto Del Rio to a three-on-three tag team match after the two promptly beat the hell out of them for pissing them off...forgetting that both are not only highly decorated wrestlers, but also former world champions.
    • Then there was the aforementioned calling out The Shield, who would've undoubtedly kicked their asses had they actually come out. Instead, they got Brock Lesnar, who was undeniably worse.
  • Butt-Monkey: All three.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town:
    • In the November 11, 2013 episode of Raw, which takes place in Manchester, England, they come out as "The Union Jacks," basically trading in their black leather tights and jackets for tights and jackets emblazoned with the Union Jack. They lost. They did win on the November 13, 2013 episode on Main Event however, also overseas, but then they lost on the November 15, 2013 episode of SmackDown, and since this ends the European Tour, the "Union Jacks" will more than likely end with a 1-2 Record.
    • They've also made appearances as "The Rhinestone Cowboys" in Nashville, "The Fabulous 3Birds," and "The Plymouth Rockers."
  • The Chew Toy: They tend to get attacked by other heels.
  • The Comically Serious: Jinder's role as "the fun one" in the 3MB.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: This Plucky Comic Relief Terrible Trio produced two future WWE World Champions in Jinder and (especially) Drew.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On an episode of Raw, 3MB tried to call out The Shield, which probably wouldn't have ended well. Instead, they got Brock Lesnar, which ended worse - especially for poor Heath Slater.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Jinder wears the Sikh version of a turban to the ring.
  • Evil Redhead: Slater during the group's heel run, since he's a redhead. This had famously led him to be called by John Cena (back when Slater was in the Power Stable The Nexus, with whom Cena feuded with) "That Chick From Wendy's", after the American fast food restaurant chain that features a redheaded girl on its logo.
  • Eviler than Thou: On the receiving end of this, as their attempt to jump Triple H resulted in them getting beaten down by The Shield before they made their own run against Triple H. The following week, 3MB calling out The Shield resulted in Brock Lesnar demolishing the three of them.
  • Fiery Redhead: Slater was a One Man Rock Band, but now there is more than one.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Drew uses the Future Shock (double arm DDT), Heath uses a Zig Zag variation called Sweetness, and Jinder mostly uses the Camel Clutch.
    • Slater later went through several finishers before settling on the Smash Hit (elevated/Impaler DDT). Mahal occasionally uses a full nelson slam to end matches.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Played straight with Jinder, subverted by Drew.
  • Guyliner: Drew wore eyeliner.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: All three of them wore leather pants and sometimes jackets.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Heath cannot sing. Ironically, Drew can sing very well, and has even released a song in the past.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: If WWE wasn't trying to paint them with this brush from the beginning, it became almost certainly the case by the time they came off worse from a couple of confrontations with The Shield.
  • Informed Ability: We were consistently informed by Michael Cole that they were talented musicians. We never saw any evidence of this.
  • Jobber: Their main purpose as a group were to get their asses kicked and look hilarious while doing it.
  • Mascot: 3MB picked up a fourth member in Hornswoggle, who is part of 3MB as part of his feud with El Torito of Los Matadores.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The aforementioned call-out of The Shield... and then Brock Lesnar's music hit.
  • Multinational Team: Mahal is billed from India (although he's actually Canadian), Slater is American, and McIntyre is from the UK (Scottish).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: It's tough to be a Terrible Trio in WWE when there are not one, but two legitimately threatening threesomes running rampant in the company. Add the fact that in the coming years WWE would introduce a another comedy trio that became far more popular and successful than 3MB ever were, and oh, do these three have a lot to live up to...
  • Perma-Stubble: Heath has a Ginger perma-stubble, to boot.
  • Red Baron:
    • Drew was "The Sinister Scotsman" and "The Chosen One."
    • Heath was "The One-Man [Southern) Rock Band." Despite his comparatively low importance, this is mentioned on any occasion he's competing in the ring.
    • Jinder is "The Maharajah of Metal."
  • Religious Bruiser: It's implied that Jinder's nice hat has some sort of spiritual significance, which is why he treats it with such respect... and still wears it, even in his "rock star" gimmick with 3MB.
  • Running Gag:
    • We never got to hear them sing, and God knows they tried to.
    • They mentioning their debut single, which always conveniently runs into some sort of issue every time they promise it.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: All of them naturally think they are bigger stars than they really are.
  • Terrible Trio: They were a trio made up around Slater's gimmick of being a "One-Man Rock Band" and were played for comedy.
  • Token Minority: Jinder is Indian descent while both Drew and Heath are Caucasians.
  • Underwear of Power: Played straight for Jinder and Drew, averted with Heath.
  • Villain Team-Up: They figured, since their singles careers weren't going anywhere, they should team up instead.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Good god, Drew during his single run. Other than not actually being from Glasgow (he was born in Ayr and is billed as such), he fits the bill perfectly.
  • I Have Many Names: The group had a lot of names floating around (The Band, The Three Man Band, The International House of Hits, The Trio, Slater Group, and Encore) before they settled on Three Man Band (3MB).
  • Wrestling Family: Jinder is the nephew of wrestler Gama Singh.